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Bullhorn CEO serves as Youth Villages career coach for former foster child

Most of the time, Art Papas of Weston, Mass., co-founder and CEO of Bullhorn, is busy developing web-based applications to improve business processes. During the past month, he has set time aside to volunteer as a career coach to Keith Marquez, a young adult who spent several years in foster care, who wants to learn all he can from the Boston-area businessman. The Job Prep Boot Camp program matches volunteer career coaches, who are adult professionals from the corporate world, with young adults who have spent time in foster care or state custody and are enrolled in Youth Villages’ Transitional Living Program. The goal of the career prep program is to better prepare former foster youth, who often end up unemployed, homeless or incarcerated because they lack sufficient support in the crucial early adult years, to find, secure and maintain employment. The course content includes the job application process, resumé writing, interviewing skills, follow-ups, and how to negotiate a salary. Career coaches provide one-on-one support during course activities and agree to support young people after they complete the Job Prep Boot Camp. Youth Villages Massachusetts is a private nonprofit organization dedicated to helping emotionally and behaviorally troubled children and their families, as well as former foster youth live successfully. Youth Villages’ transitional living program focuses on helping young adults who have aged out of foster care or state custody...

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Marietta Davis of Alpharetta joins Youth Villages national board of directors

Marietta Davis of Alpharetta recently joined the Youth Villages national board of directors. Davis serves as Microsoft’s general manager of the enterprise and partner group, Greater Southeast District. She is responsible for overseeing sales, marketing and service delivery to the company’s enterprise customers in six Southeastern states, as well as for Microsoft’s engagement with the community on such important issues as economic development and innovation. She has been with Microsoft since 1999. She previously held the positions of general manager for Microsoft’s Heartland District, director of headquarter sales for the Central Region and director of strategy for its U.S. operations team. Davis holds an MBA from Loyola University and a bachelor’s degree from Bradley University. She actively supports the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education Coalition, and especially encourages young women to enter careers in science and technology. Youth Villages is a private nonprofit organization dedicated to helping emotionally and behaviorally troubled children and their families live successfully in Georgia through intensive in-home services, residential care and a transitional living program to help former foster youth make a successful transition into independent adulthood. Youth Villages’ intensive in-home services program helps children and families where they need help most: in their own homes. By strengthening the entire family, the organization’s intensive in-home services program helps prevent children from being placed into foster care or residential treatment, and also helps...

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Karole Lloyd of Brookhaven joins Youth Villages national board of directors

Karole Lloyd of Brookhaven, vice chair and southeast area managing partner for Ernst & Young, recently joined the Youth Villages national board of directors. Lloyd has been the vice chair of knowledge and industry and a member of Ernst & Young’s Americas and US Executives Boards since 2009. She has served as the area industry leader for Ernst & Young’s financial services industry practice in the Southeast and as the office managing partner for the company’s Birmingham, Ala., office. She is CPA-licensed in Georgia and Alabama and has more than 30 years of experience serving clients. She is active in various civic organizations and educational institutions throughout the country, including Culverhouse School of Accountancy at the University of Alabama, Board of Visitors for the University of Alabama, President’s Advisory Cabinet for the University of Alabama, Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce executive committee and board of directors, and Rotary Club of Atlanta. She is also a board member of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Lloyd holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa. Lloyd and her husband, John, have three sons and a daughter-in-law. Youth Villages is a private nonprofit organization dedicated to helping emotionally and behaviorally troubled children and their families live successfully through intensive in-home services, foster care and a transitional living program to help former foster youth make a successful transition into independent...

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Twice as nice: Youth Villages makes best nonprofit to work for list again

For the second year in a row, The NonProfit Times and Best Companies Group have named Youth Villages as one of the 50 Best Nonprofit Organizations to Work For in the United States. One of the largest providers of services to troubled children and their families in the country, Youth Villages was founded in Memphis in 1986. This year, nearly 2,300 counselors, teachers and staff will help more than 17,000 children with serious emotional and behavioral problems and their families. Staff works from more than 60 locations in 10 states, including Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and the District of Columbia. Last week, Youth Villages announced that it will begin providing services in Oregon, following a merger with ChristieCare, a provider of residential and educational services there. The merger will allow the introduction of intensive in-home services programs throughout the states. Youth Villages, the American Heart Association and the Visiting Nurse Service of New York were the only three nonprofits in the top 50 with more than 2,000 employees. Other organizations honored include the Wounded Warrior Project, LIVESTRONG and The Grammy Foundation. The complete list is published in The NonProfit Times’ April 2011 issue. “To earn this distinction two years in a row is a real testament to the commitment of Youth Villages’ employees,” said Patrick W. Lawler, chief executive officer. “Our...

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ChristieCare and Youth Villages announce merger

To better meet the needs of children and families in Oregon, the boards of directors of Oregon-based ChristieCare and Tennessee-based Youth Villages have agreed to a merger. ChristieCare and Youth Villages, a national nonprofit organization, will announce the merger Thursday during ChristieCare’s Catalyst for Change fundraising luncheon at the Hilton Executive Tower in Portland. Patrick W. Lawler, chief executive officer of Youth Villages, will be the featured speaker at the luncheon. ChristieCare, founded in 1859, serves children statewide in Oregon through residential and educational services based in Clackamas County. The merger will allow for expansion of those residential programs and for the introduction of intensive in-home services to help children and families throughout the state. A particular goal of the combined organization will be to help decrease the number of children in foster care in Oregon. Lynne Saxton, who has served as chief executive officer of ChristieCare, will be executive director of Youth Villages-ChristieCare of Oregon. “Oregon has nearly twice the average number of children per population in foster care when compared with other states,” Saxton said. “Our goal is to change that through our merger with Youth Villages, one of the country’s leading providers of and advocates for intensive in-home services for prevention and family restoration. Our partnership with Youth Villages will directly result in cost savings to the state of Oregon and in better outcomes for children...

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